Hi! My name is Cristina Alexa.
I am a freelance data visualization developer, working from Cluj-Napoca, România, with a background in cartography and web development.
Work saga – crafting maps and solving bugs for real estate websites
Let me tell you a bit about myself and how Data Visualization has become an important part of my life. In 2008 I graduated as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planner from the ‘Babes-Bolyai’ University from Cluj-Napoca. Looking for a GIS-related career, I worked as a GIS Analyst at Micro Mapper for 3 years.
It took me a while to figure out that, although I liked doing spatial analysis, I loved the interactive map visualizations on the web. In my spare time I started teaching myself about the subject of web mapping. A year later in 2010 I got the opportunity to join Property Shark as a Cartographer. There I worked on Web based mapping & Spatial data and information management for one year.
After a while, because of my interest in programming I was given the opportunity to work in other departments as Business Analyst, then as Web Developer. I worked on researching, analizing and visualizing large amounts of real-estate data. Also, on back-end web development, RESTful web services, continuous integration, sometimes front-end development tasks.
Freelancing saga – applying thefreelance data visualization developer skills
My projects include web-based data visualizations. But they are mostly focused on storytelling, interactive maps & data visualizations, and animations, than on static representations.
Besides creating visualizations for the web, I love to perform GIS analysis on open-source data, and 3D terrain analysis on LiDAR derived images.
Also, I create web design systems, handle web development & integration for my projects, and manage web hosting for them.
One of my ongoing projects is DatavizRomania. I have started it to record my journey of exploring the data visualization concepts and share it with the community in România.
If you’re interested in my projects & experiments, please feel free to contact me to find out how we might work together.
Why MapTheClouds? The clouds I was referring are not ‘point clouds’, but the idea that you can (and must) approach any phenomenon surrounding us, no matter how impossible it may seem. Sky is the limit. ⛅